The Tennessee Titans were willing to take a risk no other team was.
The Titans were awarded mercurial wide receiver Randy Moss through the National Football League’s waiver process Wednesday afternoon.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our roster," general manager Mike Reinfeldt said in a statement released through the team. "Randy is obviously a Hall of Fame player and has the ability to be a difference maker for our offense.”
The Titans have a bye this week and have one remaining practice, Thursday, before players have several days off. Their next game is Nov. 14 at Miami.
Kenny Britt, their leading receiver through the first eight games, will miss that contest due to a hamstring injury sustained this past Sunday at San Diego.
Based on the current records of the NFL’s 32 teams, Tennessee was 23rd on the waiver list, which meant that any of the first 22 teams would have gotten Moss ahead of the Titans had they put in a claim.
According to NFL.com, none of the teams that followed the Titans put in a claim either.
In acquiring the 33-year-old, the Titans will be responsible for roughly $3 million of Moss’ salary for the remainder of the season. Linebacker Jamie Winborn was placed on injured reserve in order to clear the needed roster spot.
The Minnesota Vikings traded for Moss on Oct. 7 and then released him on Tuesday after four games due to his actions on and off the field. Wednesday morning Minnesota coach said that trading for Moss was “a bad decision.”
No one ever has disputed Moss’ ability. In 12-plus seasons with Minnesota (twice), Oakland and New England, he has 948 career receptions, 14,778 yards and 153 touchdowns.
The Titans had a chance to draft him back in 1998. They instead made Kevin Dyson the first wide receiver selected that year when they took him with the 16th overall selection.
“We had an opportunity to upgrade our offense and Randy has been a tremendous threat where ever he has been," coach Jeff Fisher said. "We will bring him up to speed as quickly as possible.”